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Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants Worldwide: the Most Amazing Places to Eat
Strange Diners and Where to Find Them
If there's one thing travelers know for sure, it's that the world is full of interesting places. In my own experience, it seems that food is one of the best ways that people find to express themselves all around the globe, and it's for that reason that I purposely seek out the weird, the unique, and the occasionally gross -- you learn about people.
Naturally, then, I'm not surprised that weird diners like these actually exist. Planning an interesting excursion but don't know where to eat? Try one of these super weird places on for size!
Would You Try It?
Would you go to a weird restaurant in a foreign country?
Hajime Robot Restaurant
Yes, your robot waiter will dance to Gangnam Style upon request.
The Hajime Robot Restaurant is one of the world's more well-known strange restaurants, serving Japanese cuisine with a mechanical twist. Expect to be served by a cheerful robot clad in samurai attire and zipping around to dish out your choice of shabu (boiling soup), a BBQ set, or individual orders. In addition to this warrior waiter, Hajime also sports a more ladylike robotess, so the choice is yours. Bring the kids and -- I can almost guarantee -- they'll be dancing around with the robots!
In addition to whatever dinner you order, you'll also get some sushi plates, and the meal is all you can eat. So if you're looking for an interesting restaurant gimmick, why not give robots a shot?
This place ranks right up there as one of my favorite places in the world -- you can read more about it (and other weird places in Japan) here: http://www.squidoo.com/the-top-10-weirdest-must-se...
Only in Alcatraz ER can you sip your drink out of a (frighteningly real-looking) brain, dish out your dessert from a syringe, and eat your meal in a jail cell. Themed as a medical prison, you can expect all the food you order to be a little, err, "precarious." You might try some "dead chicken," or you can just sit silently and slurp some goo out of a test tube.
Did I mention you get to be handcuffed?
Don't worry, it's all in good fun -- just don't forget to use a steel pipe to bang on the bars of your cell if you want the waitresses' attention. Warning: not for the faint of heart. Oh...and don't go by yourself. Not only is it super creepy, you pay a flat fee for the food and it's all you can eat, so bring your friends.
Dinner in the Sky - Brussels, Belgium
It's important to note, first of all, that if you want to be suspended 50 meters above ground while you have three chefs personally cater to you (and up to 21 other people, if you'd like), you don't REALLY need to go all the way to Brussels. That's where Dinner in the Sky has its headquarters, but they'll come to you!
If you're really into it, you can not only eat your food while floating in the air but also enjoy a band or other entertainment similarly suspended next to you. Meals have ranged from sushi to lobster to something simple like a cocktail party, and the chefs serving you come from various countries like Lebanon, France, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, and Estonia.
Dinner not good enough for you? You can also get married in the sky and have the party catered by these fine people.
Opaque - Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco
Otherwise known as "Dining in the Dark," Opaque is a restaurant (now opening in Dallas and New York too!) where you exchange your sense of sight for heightened senses of smell and taste. The entire meal, which usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours, is served and consumed in complete darkness, robbing you of your sense of vision in order to enhance your palate and create an entirely new dining experience.
Your servers, who are either blind or visually impaired, are readily available to offer reassurance to nervous guests, and they have been specially trained to comfortably and safely cater meals in complete darkness.
Meals vary and you have a variety of choices; in Los Angeles, for example, your meal consists of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and can include dishes like filet mignon, seared Atlantic salmon, and mango panna cotta. Although the price is a bit steep ($99 for the set menu per person, though $79 on Wednesdays and Thursdays!), keep in mind that you are paying not only for the food but for the experience. And you ARE eating things like filet mignon. But if you only come in for a drink, fear not -- your bill will be safe under $10.
The tea in the Huashan Teahouse is, apparently, to die for.
In order to reach the teahouse, be prepared to hike up an EXTREMELY precarious mountain path, tiptoeing your way across inordinately thin wooden planks jutting out from the sheer face of the mountain. So you've made it past that? Great! Now just climb the chain ladder and hook your feet into the nice little holes that people dug out to help you cling to the mountain face. You won't fall -- if you've got a good grip. After that, it's just a short trip up the world's steepest staircase and you're set for a cup of tea!
Not joking. Seriously.
Rated as one of the world's most dangerous restaurants, I'd hope the tea there is worth it. People have died traveling the Huashan Pass (known as the most dangerous hiking trail in the world), though it's still debated whether any of those were on the way to the teahouse.